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Third to first

• Pat McGann, a popular Chicago comedian, emceed the final Sunday seminar of SoxFest, entitled Big League Laughs, with Adam Eaton, Nate Jones, Gordon Beckham and Tom Paciorek, after making his first appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Friday night.

• Cooper erased any lingering doubt concerning the back of the White Sox starting rotation by all but putting rookie Erik Johnson in the fourth spot during his Sunday SoxFest seminar.

Felipe Paulino, who had September surgery to remove a cyst pinching a nerve on the back of his shoulder after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 3, 2012, should have no physical restrictions when he arrives at Spring Training with the White Sox.

"I've talked to him, he feels good. I've seen some video. I'm forming some thoughts in my own mind," Cooper said. "A few weeks in we'll talk on, one, how to get him back on track and healthy and, two, what we might be able to put in or accentuate in his package to make him a better package and give him a chance to go out and give us six, seven, eight innings."

• Manager Robin Ventura indicated the team might not announce a closer until Opening Day, as they did with Hector Santiago in '12.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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